Posted on March 14, 2008 By Art Feierman
at the shadow details, the JVC will actually show a little more dark shadow detail. That said, the RS25’s blacks are so “black” that the near blacks are extremely dark and hard to see. In other words, if everything was lighter, you’d see more shadow detail. The JVC is so good that it’s hard to notice the details that are there, exactly because the JVC does such a good job of keeping them very dark.
The JVC is just excellent overall, in terms of look and feel. I’ve seen other projectors that demonstrate a little more pop and wow, but the JVC, with its lumens to spare, in best mode, should still be more impressive, simply because most “pop and wow” specialists, like the Epson Home Cinema 8500UB / Pro Cinema 9500UB, aren’t as bright. As a result, in a typical environment, in best modes, the JVC and the Epson aren’t that different in terms of the dynamic look to the image.
For those engaging CFI, I give a slight advantage to the Epson’s CFI as it has less noticeable minor artifacts.
One more side-by-side, again, from The Dark Knight (Epson on the left):
OK, while the Epson does great, the JVC is the overall superior projector for movie viewing. Wait though, the Epson get’s its day in the limelight too, and that is for sports viewing, and a lot of HDTV content. Here it’s simply the case of having more lumens to spare. The Epson can put out almost 50% more lumens on the screen than the JVC at its brightest, but not with as good color. In brightest mode, the Epson has a noticeable green caste. None-the-less, when you are fighting a lot of ambient light you’ll gladly accept some extra green in exchange for cutting through the ambient light. And when you don’t need every last lumen, you can drop down to the Epson’s LivingRoom (8500UB) or Cinema Day (9500UB) and still have almost 1200 lumens in brightness (compared to the JVC’s just over 850 lumens). Thus the Epson, with pretty good color is still about 40% brighter.
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